Summer Programs for Middle School


Raleigh Middle School Camp I: June 23 – 27, 2014
Raleigh Middle School Camp II: July 21 – 25, 2014
Raleigh Girls Middle School Video Game Design Camp: July 14 – 18, 2014

Camps I and II are held on the main campus of NC State University, and the curriculum is new every year.  Rising 6th through 8th graders may attend either week of camp, but not both. The girls computer gaming camp is a bit different as it focuses on fun computer applications.  This camp agenda stays similar each year. Click on the links below to find out all of the important information.

Camp Logistics

Camp Hours
Students can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Camp starts at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 3:30 p.m. Students must be picked up by 3:45 p.m.

Camp Location
Detailed drop-off and pick-up locations will be provided upon acceptance. Camps are held on NC State's North and Centennial campuses. Students may take brief field trips to other campus locations or nearby engineering locations.

Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. All dietary needs will be accommodated.

Camp Staff
Camp will be staffed by school teachers, engineering students and NC State engineering staff members.  The staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1:6.

A Typical Day at Camp

At Camp I and II activities will cover a variety of engineering fields and skills. At 9 a.m. students begin the morning by receiving a new engineering challenge. Students then split into small teams, working together to investigate the problem and find a solution. Students have plenty of break time and outside time to balance the challenging and fun design work they are completing. There is never a dull moment at the engineering camp. At the end of the day, all students gather to present their tested and improved designs. At least one major field trip is included each week related to projects on which the students are working.

The Girls Middle School Video Game Design Camp will focus on computer engineering design challenges. Activities involve designing computer games, animated stories or helpful computer applications. No prior programming experience is necessary. You will work together and learn everything you need to know to be successful!

Camp Fees

  • Total Cost: $375
  • Deposit: Nonrefundable deposit of $75 due upon acceptance to camp by May 2, 2014.  DO NOT send payment without a notification of acceptance.
  • Total amount: Total amount is due May 16, 2014.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for families who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, families must submit a financial aid application. This form will be available through the online application starting January 6, 2014.

Applying to Camp

All students entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2014 are welcome. Home-schooled students are encouraged to attend, as well. Only girls will be allowed to attend the Girls Middle School Game Maker camp offered July 14 - 18, 2014.

Applying Online
The only way to apply is via our online application tool. You can access it here or click on the "Login" button on the top right corner of this Web page. Please bookmark the site so you can return to it to complete your application and check on the status.

Application Components
Your son or daughter is required to write a short statement about why he or she would like to attend engineering summer camp. The submission must be typed into the online application. If your child does not know how to type, please have them draft a response by hand and type their answer into the application yourself.  We WILL NOT be requiring a letter of recommendation from a teacher for Summer 2014.

Application Time Line
The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014. You will be notified of acceptance by April 15, 2014.

Admission Decisions
Admissions decisions will be based on student interest as determined by an age-appropriate personal statement, answering the question, "Why do you want to attend engineering summer camp?" Acceptance is not first come, first served—preference will not be given to early applicants. Unfortunately, in recent years, we have not had enough room for all of the students who were interested in attending camp. If you applied to camp last year and we were unable to find a spot for you, we will make an extra effort to find a place for you this year


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